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Dec 31, 2012 6:00am PST
ticking louder. the nation inching closer to this fiscal cliff. we could be just hours away from seeing all of our paychecks shrink. we're following all the last minute drama to avoid that, of course. brianna keilar is covering this morning's urgent talks happening in washington. christine romans is here to talk about the impact first, and alison kosik with how investors are reacting this hour. >>> first, another story. the health condition of the nation's top diplomat. this morning secretary of state hillary clinton is waking up now in a new york hospital. she is being treated for a blood clot that formed after her fall and concussion that happened a few weeks ago. want to bring in dr. sanjay gupta, our chief medical correspondent. sanjay, explain this for us because, first of all, when you think about it, she developed this blood clot related to a concussion. you would think maybe the clot formed in the brain, but that's not necessarily the case. >> no, it's not necessarily the case. and i think saying it's related to the concussion, that may be putting that wrong impression possibly
CNN
Dec 30, 2012 4:00am PST
is on the fiscal cliff. washington has less than 48 hours to make a deal before billions in tax increases and spending cuts take effect. senate negotiators stayed late into the night trying to work out a plan that would pass a vote. both houses of congress would convene later this afternoon in a rare sunday session. in his weekly address, the president took his message directly to the public calling for congress to come together to pass a deal. >> for the past couple months, i have been working with people in both parties with the help of business leaders and ordinary americans to come together around a plan to grow the economy and shrink our deficits. it's a balance plan. one that would protect the middle class, cut spending in a responsible way and ask the wealthiest americans to pay a little more. and i'll keep working with anybody who's serious about getting a comprehensive plan like this done because it's the right thing to do for our economic growth. but we're now at the point where in just a couple of days the law says that every american's tax rates are going up. every american's
CNN
Dec 30, 2012 1:00pm PST
american, the fiscal cliff. we reach that cliff you can the brink in just two days. about two hours ago, negotiators hit two major snags, one over social security and the other over tax hikes, who should get them. bring in contributor nor "newsweek" and the daily beast and cnn contributor, john avlon, for his opinion on what is happening in washington. how significant is it that we are a half a day or day and a half, i guess, away from this cliff and there's no agreement? >> it's hugely significant. the countdown is on. the clock is ticking, literally, to the fiscal cliff. and as others have noted today, we have known about this cliff for 500 days. this is the world's most anticipatable political and economic problem. congress set this time bomb, now they are scrambling to defuse it before it goes off and threatens to take our economic recovery as a country and kick us back into recession. the fact this is happening in last-minute negotiations and great knew as dana bash reported that joe biden and mitch mcconnell seem to be backchanneling and got a constructive relationship in the past
CNN
Dec 28, 2012 8:00am PST
the fiscal cliff. four hours before a last-ditch meeting at the white house. it's still not clear whether a last-minute deal is even possible or whether this is now all about shifting blame. president obama and vice president biden are sitting down with house leaders. the guest list includes harry reid, who this time yesterday said he didn't see any way the fiscal cliff could be avoided. whatever the case, our chief white house correspondent jessica yellin will be watching. what can we really expect to come out of this meeting this afternoon? >> well, alina, we're not sure what really will come out of it. the ideal scenario would be if all sides agree to a scaled-down version of the fiscal cliff agreement that the president and spe speaker boehner had been discussing weeks ago and then senator mcconnell would agree that no republicans would block it in any way if he can promise that. he argues that he can't really make that promise but if e he could then speaker boehner would promise to bring it to a vote on the floor. all sides would shake hands and we'd have a deal before new year's. th
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Dec 31, 2012 1:00am PST
for 48 hours for observation. >>> 26 hours before the fiscal cliff deadline and for now, lawmakers have hit an impasse. what happens if no deal is reached? specifically, how much would you pay in taxes? there's a calculator online to help you figure that out. we have a breakdown. josh levs breaks it down. >> if you want to have a sense of how the fiscal cliff could affect you. in terms of how much more you would pay in taxes, let's take a look at this great tool right here, from the tax policy center, it's called the tax calculator. it allows you to plug in all sorts of information about yourself and family, to find out how your taxes would change based on all sorts of factors. now, it is just an estimate. it can't predict the future. but there are some really good ways to find out how the fiscal cliff would hit you at home. what we've done, we've taken a couple generic examples. let's start off with this one right here. this is a married couple with one child in college. if this couple has an income around $39,000 tax bill goes up $2,700. look at that right there. that's a big chunk of
CNN
Dec 28, 2012 2:00am PST
at the white house this afternoon for an 11th hour fiscal cliff faceoff. in just four days paychecks shrink and spending gets slashed if our elected officials can't figure out how to compromise. it will now be in the hands of these six leaders, the president, vice president biden, senate majority leader harry reid and house minority leader nancy pelosi on the democratic side. john boehner and mitch mcconnell representing the republicans. brianna keilar live now from washington. great to see you. house doesn't return to work until sunday. logistically speaking here, is there still enough time to work out a deal? >> i will tell you logistically speaking, logistically speaking, yes. politically speaking, very much unclear, there's a growing amount of pessimism about whether or not that can be done. we've been talking for days about how eyes are on the senate to see what harry reid cobbles together to try to get republican support in the senate and house. he's saying it's hard to see how this can get done by january 1st. so we're seeing a lot of managing of expectations and certainly a lot of p
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Dec 31, 2012 1:00pm PST
cliff. we'll see what happens over the next few hours. tom foreman, thank you. much more on the fiscal cliff coming up. >>> there are serious ramifications for almost every american involved in this negotiati negotiation. we'll update when when we come back. ♪ [ male announcer ] this is karen and jeremiah. they don't know it yet, but they're gonna fall in love, get married, have a couple of kids, [ children laughing ] move to the country, and live a long, happy life together where they almost never fight about money. [ dog barks ] because right after they get married, they'll find some retirement people who are paid on salary, not commission. they'll get straightforward guidance and be able to focus on other things, like each other, which isn't rocket science. it's just common sense. from td ameritrade. >>> okay, we've got the breaking news we're following here in washington. we've been thinking about it. we've been talking about it for a long time. guess what, the united states is now going over the so-called fiscal cliff. that's because the house of representatives is adjourning as
CNN
Dec 31, 2012 4:00am PST
report. what it all means. >>> down to the final day. 17 hours until we go over the fiscal cliff. can the closers reach a deal in time? >>> if we go over the cliff, you will feel it right away. what happens to your paycheck, and when. i'll explain that ahead. >>> a packed two hours ahead. talking with grover norquist. he is the president of americans for tax reform. jason chaff et cetera, chris van hollen, and johnny isaacson. >> that's a stacked show. >> soledad is off. "starting point" begins right now. >>> our starting point, a health scare for secretary of state hillary clinton. doctors discovered a blood clot in a followup exam related to her concussion. the location of the clot has not yet been disclosed, but clinton treated with antikanticoagulant. jill dougherty, live in our washington bureau. what are you hearing? >> not a lot. since that statement sunday night, sanjay. they are really saying -- as you said, they are monitoring, and here is the statement so you can listen to exactly what they said. that her doctors are going to continue to assess her condition, including othe
CNN
Dec 30, 2012 3:00pm PST
, because, ali, in less than 30 hours before we go over the fiscal cliff, and it is not clear whether a last-minute deal is even possible or whether this is going to be all about shifting blame. i want you to listen to senate majority leader harry reid. >> with 36 hours left until the country goes over the cliff, i remain hopeful and realistic about the prospects of reaching a bipartisan agreement, and at some point in the negotiating process, it is obvious when the other side is intentionally demanding concessions that they know that the other side is not willing to make. we are not there, prpt. i hope, mr. president, that we are ready to go forward with the status, but we are not at the point where i can say we have this for you. >> and now joining us from washington, congresswoman bass, and can you talk to us about the standstill right now. are you optimistic that there is any agreements made today? >> well, you know, i am optimistic. i mean i know it sounds like a very short period of time, 30 hours, but that is enough time for a deal to come together, and you know that the basic paramet
CNN
Dec 31, 2012 9:00am PST
you, dana. the clock is ticking, 12 hours before we hit that fiscal cliff deadline. if a deal is not reached, how is it going to affect us? the tax policy center crunched numbers. here's a couple scenario. if you're single with no kids and you make $50,000 a year, you you see your taxes go up by $1500. now, take a married couple with two kids making $100,000. they would see their taxes go up $5300 a year. i want to turn to christine patrolman m romans in new york to talk about the people that are really, really going to feel this immediately and it's going to have the greatest impact. who are they? >> the first people to feel it are on extended federal unemployment benefits. for them, for 2 million of them suzanne, on december 29th, that was the end of the last week of unemployment benefits for them. so immediately hundreds of dollars a week of unemployment benefits go away. for everyone else, anybody who works at a company and pays payroll taxes, your taxes will rise. it looks like that will happen no matter what. your pay dhek will be p smaller no matter what because the pay
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Dec 27, 2012 4:00pm PST
to washington, not until sunday, december 30th. now, 48 hours before the fiscal cliff goes over, is that really enough time to get legislation passed, if there's a real deal on the table? >> reporter: is it enough time? probably. if there's really something that is going to pass the senate, and this is a big if, as jessica said, the oddsmakers are definitely seeing the fiscal cliff happening, us going over the fiscal cliff, but if senate does pass something, that would be the next move, then the house could pretty easily take it up and pass it on sunday night or monday morning, on the actual day of december 31st. i think at this point, it's more of a question of optics, and democrats were definitely trying to take advantage today of the fact that the house republican -- the republican-led house, rather, is not here and won't be here until sunday. we all know that what happens here in washington, is that nothing really happens until they're really up against the deadline. that's why i'm also told by some democrats who really know what the process is going to be, if there is one, that they don't
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Dec 31, 2012 8:00am PST
to fix this thing. they don't want to go, you know, head first over the fiscal cliff at midnight. how they're going to get there, though, still uncertain with mere hours to go. it's not just the i-reporters baffled and worried about the fiscal cliff. wall street is baffled and worried. let's get straight to alison kosik at the new york stock exchange. investors clearly on edge and stocks are lower and up and down, they aren't going to make any big moves on the last day of the year not knowing what's going to happen with the cliff. >> a wait and see mode, christine. the stocks are flat right now. the investors are waiting for lawmakers to make their move. what's interesting this session, stocks started off deeper in the red. they turned around. they're more flat now because the market really is trading on these headlines coming out of washington. right now those headlines seem more positive than negative. volatility could pick up toward the close as we get closer to the deadline and investors get more uneasy about holding onto their positions because they're gun-shy to hold onto positi
CNN
Dec 28, 2012 4:00pm PST
we all go over the fiscal cliff. that meeting lasted for an hour and five minutes. now on a story where every second and every maneuver counts let's get right to chief white house correspondent increase ka yellin. the president says he's modestly optimistic but he also presented a backup plan. does the president really think it will come to that? >> at this point, no. they don't. because the white house is hopeful, first of all, that the agreement that the senators are working on can actually move forward after the meeting here. there is a modest uptick in enthusiasm about that possibility. but as for the backup plan, there's no real likelihood that would ever come to a vote. because republicans would likely block it in both the senate and it would likely not come to a vote in the house. so that's really more rhetoric than it is reality and we have to hope for option "a," getting an agreement in the senate, if we're going to avoid going over the cliff. >> rhetoric versus reality, that's always a tricky place to be in washington. listen, this is serious high-stakes political poker
CNN
Dec 29, 2012 5:00am PST
on the politics of this fiscal cliff hanger in our next hour. these negotiations are raising questions about leadership in the house. could speaker john boehner be at risk of losing his position? at 10:00 we'll xl our washington panel. >>> one last look at headlines coming up next. can tow up to 9,600 pounds? 315 horsepower. what's that in reindeer-power? [ laughs ] [ pencil scratches ] [ male announcer ] chevy's giving more. now through january 2nd, no monthly payments until spring for qualified buyers. get the silverado for 0% apr financing for 60 months plus $1,000 holiday bonus cash. plus trade up for an additional $1,000 trade-in allowance. trust duracell to power their donated toys? duralock power preserve. it locks in power for up to 10 years in storage. guaranteed. duracell with duralock. trusted everywhere. >>> basically going out and spending on oysters and salmon and champagne. and here, the most beautiful in the world, traffic will be completely closed down. so that hundreds of thousands of people can forget about the old here and celebrate the new. happy new year from cnn paris.
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Dec 29, 2012 10:00am PST
really am sorry we've had to have this conversation for the hour. the fiscal cliff is a c
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Dec 30, 2012 9:00am PST
the fiscal cliff in less than 48 hours. that's the main reason why president obama's sat down for a lengthy interview that aired on nbc. >> there is a basic fairness that is at stake in this whole thing that the american people understand and they listened to an entire year's debate about it. they made a clear decision about the approach they prefer, which is a balanced, responsible package. they rejected the notion that the economy grows best from the top down. >> joining me now is republican senator bob corker of tennessee. let's start with what the president -- you heard what he said. look, he argues we had an election, i won, he did campaign quite heavily on raising taxes for those making over $250,000. and he says, i went to john boehner, i offered him a trillion dollars in cuts, we're talking two to one cuts to income rates, why didn't you just take it? >> well, candy, that's interesting. i watched the interview. i don't think any american has ever seen the trillion dollars in cut that he offered. >> well, he -- >> and there's never been any specifics. if i were a president, i certain
CNN
Dec 29, 2012 7:00am PST
to avoid the fiscal cliff. even if a deal is thrown together at the 11th hour, senate majority leader harry reid says what they come up with will be imperfect. and some people aren't going to like it. i spoke with independent new york stock exchange trader kenny polkari earlier and asked them how wall street is reacting to the looming fiscal cliff. >> we've come right to the 11th hour. the -- the fact that there's going to be a substantive deal that comes out of this in the 11th hour is probably nil to zero, right? essentially in my sense, it's easier to go over the cliff. then there's clarity, right? taxes will go up, spending will get cut. the market will know what is going to happen. it can only get better from there because then you'll get legislators that come to the table, that try to cut taxes and raise some spending, and they'll argue it from a positive point of view and stand up and say, rah-rah, look what we, did right? it won't get any worse if we go over the cliff. if there's a bandaid, it leaves complete confusion, there is no clarity, the market will probably react more negati
CNN
Dec 28, 2012 6:00am PST
the fiscal cliff. this afternoon in the 11th hour, this is when it always happens, there's a high-stakes meeting at the white house. at the table, president obama and congressional leaders. the goal is to reach an agreement. but the roots of this current crisis can be traced back to the previous administration. cnn's chief business correspondent has a look at how we got here. >> now we have passed a bold package of tax relief for america's families and businesses. >> reporter: it starts more than a decade ago when president bush initiated a series of tax cuts for all americans. but it's a deal with the devil. the cuts which are politically expedient expire in ten years time. >> both houses of congress have passed a package of tax relief that will protect the middle class. >> reporter: when it came time for the cuts to expire, the u.s. is emerging from the worst e recession from the great depression. so president obama agreed to extend the tax cuts for two more years in exchange for congress extending federal emergency unemployment benefits. those cuts are expensive. if they are ex
CNN
Dec 30, 2012 3:00am PST
try to work out on a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. the deadline is less than 48 hours away and as to whether they can get it done, the president says he's hopeful. >> i'm modestly ll lly optimis an agreement can be achieved. let's make sure that middle class families and the world economy aren't adversely impacted because people can't do their jobs. >> both houses of congress are meeting in a rare sunday session. the house an hour later at 2:00. our chief white house correspondent jessica yellin now with the look at a chance for a deal and what's on the table. >> alison, here in washington, there is still hope a deal can be cut in time to avert the fiscal cliff. on saturday, the president was at work here in the white house but all eyes were on the senate where negotiators were trading deal points and revenue figures to try to reach an agreement all sides can stomach. the baseline for the president, any bipartisan bill would have to extend unemployment insurance that would affect some 2 million americans and increase taxes for the highest income earners. but negotiators ca
CNN
Dec 31, 2012 11:00am PST
's watching to see if congress reaches a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. and within the last hour, the president said a deal is, quote, within sight and that he himself is willing to make hard choices to avoid $600 billion in automatic spending cuts and tax hikes. >> i'm willing to reduce our government's medicare bills by finding new ways to reduce the costs of healtcare in this country. that's something we all should agree on. we want to make sure that medicare is there for future generations. but the current trajectory of health care costs is going up so high, we have got to find ways to make sure that it is sustainable. but, that kind of reform has to go hand and hand with doing some more work to reform our tax coat so that wealthy individuals, the biggest corporations, can't take advantage of loopholes and deductions that aren't available to most of the folks standing up here. aren't available to most americans. so there is still more work to be done in the tax code to make it fair, even as we're also looking at how we can strengthen something like medicare. now, if republica
CNN
Dec 31, 2012 2:00am PST
hours and counting. can lawmakers reach a last-minute agreement. >> if we go over the fiscal cliff, what does it mean for you? higher taxes and government spending cuts are about to take a major toll on your paycheck. the fiscal cliff almost here, but the effects are very real and starting already. >>> good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm ali velshi. >> i'm christine romans. >> and i'm dr. sanjay gupta. >> good morning. hilary clinton has been admitted to the hospital for a blood clot, it is believed to be related to a concussion she suffered earlier this month. she will be hospitalized for 48 hours for hospitalization. she had just been cleared to return to work. what's going on here? jill daugherty has been following developments for us. live in the washington bureau. we're hearing 48 hours and seem to be saying it's not that serious. what are you hearing from the doctors? >> well, at this point, it's not really that clear. in fact, there was a statement coming out of the state department from phillip ryans, indicating the lack of clarity about this. he said her doctors will con
CNN
Dec 30, 2012 6:00pm PST
for the next 48 hours. >>> we're also closely following the fiscal cliff negotiations on capitol hill with the deadline just a little over 24 hours away. i want to go to cnn's lisa on capitol hill. lisa, lots of drama, you called this a federal frankenstein. where do we stand now? >> reporter: right, the monster is still here, but there is a chance the victory may be in congress's hands. we'll find out tomorrow morning, don. in fact, the republicans who were meeting in the house, they've now broken up. they've gone home, and we are -- you can probably see behind me, the very last people in the capitol. the fiscal cliff negotiations, don, have just come down to two men tonight, senator mitch mcconnell of the republicans and then vice president joe biden. we'll find out in the morning whether they were able to make any progress. back to you, don. >> fingers crossed. thank you. we'll have more on these developing stories at the top of the hour. >>> usain bolt is the fastest human being the world's ever known, but i wonder how he'd fair running against the animal jack hanna has just broug
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Dec 30, 2012 10:00am PST
are the top stories this hour. right now, congress scrambling to reach a deal on the fiscal cliff before tuesday's deadline president the senate and house are convening while senate negotiators work at a plan to prevent massive spending cuts and tax hikes from kicking in january 1st. president obama appeared today on nbc's "meet the press" and said the cuts in spending need to be fairly distributed. >> what i'm not willing to do is to have the entire burden of deficit reduction rest on the shoulders of seniors making students pay a higher student loan rates, ruining our capacity to invest in things like basic research that help our economy grow. >> in news overseas the bodies of the dead are being carried away in syria today. at least 397 people were killed saturday. that is the deadliest day so far in the 21-month long civil war. another 52 died today. the joint u.n. arab league envoy said the situation is rapidly deteriorating but that a solution is still possible. >>> in massachusetts boston's mayor lifted a snow emergency a little earlier today. more than a foot of snow fell on sever
CNN
Dec 31, 2012 4:00pm PST
breaking news stories this hour. we now know the united states will in fact go over the fiscal cliff at midnight tonight. the senate is closing in on a deal, but the house has said it will not vote tonight. possibly take up any action tomorrow. the other breaking news story we're following, new details emerging of secretary of state hillary clinton's blood clot. doctors are now revealing it's located in a vein between her brain and her skull. they say it did not result in a stroke or any neurological damage. we're following both of these stories. i want to bring in tom foreman on the fiscal cliff. the emerging deal that's out there, no deal yet, and no deal until it's finalized, not only in the senate, as you know, tom, but the house of representatives and signed into law by the president. >> there's so many contentious details here. any one of them might trip this up, but there are two big pillars we're talking about today more than anything else. the first one seems to have been successful. it has to do with the idea of where you're going to put the threshold for maintaining the bu
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Dec 27, 2012 4:00am PST
in washington today to figure out an 11th-hour deal on the fiscal cliff, but what about the house, which punted on boehner's plan b. house congressman steve latourette, by the way someone who has repudiated grover norquist's pledge joins us next. >>> and mark zuckerberg's sister confused about facebook's privacy settings. we'll have the details of that ahead. people really love snapshot from progressive, but don't just listen to me. listen to these happy progressive customers. i plugged in snapshot, and 30 days later, i was saving big on car insurance. with snapshot, i knew what i could save before i switched to progressive. the better i drive, the more i save. i wish our company had something this cool. you're not filming this, are you? aw! camera shy. snapshot from progressive. test-drive snapshot before you switch. visit progressive.com today. time for citi price rewind. because your daughter really wants that pink castle thing. and you really don't want to pay more than you have to. only citi price rewind automatically searches for the lowest price. and if it finds one, you get refunded the
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Dec 30, 2012 8:00am PST
't more than a little ramp. those voices have been buried behind the simplicity of a fiscal cliff. the press loves a deadline. >> the press loves a deadline and loves colorful language like fiscal cliff. thanks for joining us. >>> at the top of the hour, state of the union has republican reaction to the president's interview on "meet the press." did we really need to go haywire over david petraeus? mr. margin? don't be modest, bob. you found a better way to pack a bowling ball. that was ups. and who called ups? you did, bob. i just asked a question. it takes a long time to pack a bowling ball. the last guy pitched more ball packers. but you... you consulted ups. you found a better way. that's logistics. that's margin. find out what else ups knows. i'll do that. you're on a roll. that's funny. i wasn't being funny, bob. i know. i need you. i feel so alone. but you're not alone. i knew you'd come. like i could stay away. you know i can't do this without you. you'll never have to. you're always there for me. shh! i'll get you a rental car. i could also use an umbrella. fall in love w
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Dec 26, 2012 6:00am PST
about the fiscal cliff lately. how will it actually affect you? what happens to your taxes if we go off the cliff? according to the tax policy center if you're sing well no children and make $50,000 a year you will see your taxes go up by $1,500 if no deal is reached. married couple with two kids making $100,000 would see their taxes go up a whopping $5,300 per year. taxes will go up the same amount underneath the democratic and republican plans if no deal is reached. just one day after the christmas holiday, president obama is packing his bags, heading back to washington to try to forge a deal on the fiscal cliff, with just six days left to negotiate, a deal to avoid the catastrophic cliff, the president will leave hawaii tonight to try to work on a bargain between democrats and republicans. brianna keilar is traveling with the president in hawaii and joins us now. good morning, brianna. did the president cut his vacation short or was it planned all along? >> reporter: he did cut his vacation short from what was initially planned which was to go through the new year, so yes, he cut it
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Dec 28, 2012 1:00pm PST
to be talking over the next 24 hours to try to fix this fiscal cliff thing. here's what they had to say. >> we had a long meeting in the white house it was very constructive. i hope that the next 24 hours will be very instructive with what we're able to accomplish. >> was there discussion of a concrete proposal? >> we talked about a lot of things. there's no concrete proposal at this time. we have a number of different directions that we're goi to try to take and we're going to see what can be worked out. >> we are engaged in discussions, the majority leader and myself and the white house in the hopes that we can come forward as early as sunday and have a recommendation that i can make to my conference and the majority leader can make to his conference so we'll be working hard to see if we can get there in the next 24 hours. so i'm hopeful and optimistic. >> wow. hopeful and optimistic. that sounds pretty good. i have our chief white house correspondent jessica yellin and radio hill correspondent lisa. honestly, they are not calling each other names which yesterday was going on and optimistic
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Dec 24, 2012 8:00am PST
, thank you. we'll talk to you later. at half past the hour we'll check out the view of the fiscal cliff from hawaii. brianna keilar is traveling with the president. she's going to join us live. that's 25 minutes from now. >>> u.s. senator michael crapo s says he's deeply sorry for driving under the influence of alcohol. the republican who is also a mormon was pulled over, tested and arrested after running a red light early yesterday morning in virginia. he says he made a mistake and deal with whatever penalty he is given. >>> the u.s. navy seals are again mourning the loss of one of their own. a military official tells cnn that commander job price died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. price was a commander officer of seal team 4, that's the unit with more than two dozen members that operates in central afghanistan. the official says there's no indication at this point that price was under any investigation or involved in any controversies. >>> former republican senator chuck hagel has not been nominated as defense secretary, but members of his own party already signaling an uphill con
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Dec 27, 2012 9:00am PST
on the fiscal cliff crisis, the effort to reach some kind of agreement later this hour. we're going go live to capitol hill for the latest as the senate returns to work. that is coming up in about 20 minutes. >>> and president obama's going to have another cabinet position to fill for the new year. we learned a short time ago apa lisa jackson is stepping down after the president's state of the union speech in january. jackson starting with the agency as a staff level scientist back in 1987. during her tenure as administrator she tackled pollution problems in poor community communities. oil drilling and coal regulations. all those things on her plate. jackson said she is confident epa is headed in the right direction. >>> winter storm causing some real headaches. millions of folks in the mid-atlantic states, we're looking at heavy snow, torrential rain, strong winds, dangerous travel conditions from here, washington, d.c., all the way to maine. snowfall is especially heavy in northern new york, new england. up to a foot of snow could fall there. drew cuomo is urging folks to stay off the roa
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Dec 27, 2012 2:00am PST
" this morning, with an 11th hour deal to prevent the u.s. going off the fiscal cliff, is that actually going to happen? we have both sides of the aisle and both sides of congress with us. republican representative steve la tourette and democratic senator richard blumenthal. "sex and the city" d.c. style. we'll talk to the authors of the juicy new novel dishing about life working for a demanding senator on capitol hill and he's a mean one. the grinch from the musical joins us live and it turns out he may not be that mean after all. that and much more in 14 minutes or so. the grinch is going to be here. >> in costume, i hope. >> of course. it's going to be the real grinch. it's not an actor, it's the grinch for those kids watching this morning. >> of course it is. thank you, ali. >> good to see you both. >> we'll be watching. 47 minutes after the hour. let's get you up to state with the top stories. six states from pennsylvania to maine facing a winter storm, a big one. 12 to 24 inches of snow could fall in parts of new england. holiday travel just a nightmare on the roads and in the air. more
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Dec 30, 2012 12:00pm PST
viewers here in the united states and around the world. breaking news on the fiscal cliff. there's been a significant snag in the negotiations with just fewer than two days remaining to go. about 36 hours remaining on the countdown clock. dana bash is on capitol hill with latest. dana, what have you got? >> this kbifs you a good sense of where things stand. they're at a standstill. you see a lot of reporters milling around. it's behind this wall that you can't see. the democrats, all senate democrats are meeting now, getting a briefing from the senate democratic leader, harry reid and down this haul, which you can't see from here, the same thing is going on with republicans. at the podium we hope to hear from senate majority leader, harry reid. in terms of where things stand, they're frozens it goes. earlier today, we explained that the reason from the democrats point of view is that they got an offer from republicans that includes what was known as chained cpi, which you've been explaining means social security checks would be smaller for social security recipients, which is something
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Dec 29, 2012 4:00am PST
could the fiscal cliff mean for wall street and your retirement fund? i'm going to ask independent new york stock exchange trader in about one hour from now. >>> all right. let's switch gears here. because after newtown, gun buybacks are making headlines across the country. >>> and we're going to tell you how donors funded the biggest buyback ever in one connecticut town. i know. i'm will, and this is the nokia lumia 920 from at&t. it's got live tiles so all my stuff's always right there in real-time. it's like the ultimate personal assistant. but i'm me, and me needs handlers. so i hired todd to handle it for me. todd, gimme that hollywood news! what's happening on twitter? you're trending! yes! you can't have a todd, but you can have your own personal assistant. i guess you could call it todd. [ male announcer ] the new nokia lumia 920 with live tiles that deliver what you want in real time. only from at&t. rethink possible. i honestly loved smoking, and i honestly didn't think i would ever quit. [ male announcer ] along with support, chantix is proven to help people quit smoking. it
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Dec 30, 2012 5:00am PST
for congress to make a deal and avoid the fiscal cliff. leaders from both political parties have expressed hope that a deal can be reached. in the senate negotiators worked late into the night trying to put together a plan, and the whole senate will come together in a few hours from now for a rare sunday session beginning at 1:00. an hour later the house will meet. in a world far away from the capitol, everyday americans are growing frustrated with political leaders and their lack of action when so much is at stake. we asked or cnn i-reporters to send us their messages for washington and we got a ton of responses. lynn to vernon hill with a bit of advice for politicians. >> my new year's message it to washington is to grow up, act like adults, do juror jobs or resign immediately. we are tired of you being useless and refusing to do your jobs. >> here's one from missy with her take on the men and women in congress. >> this whole fiscal cliff mess shows how incredibly out of touch you are with the way people really live in this country. you are off in la-la land and everyone is saying how you're
CNN
Dec 30, 2012 4:00pm PST
the looming fiscal cliff. >> with the fate of the nation in the balance the senate is going home. that's right. no vote tonight on the senate side. the chamber will reconvene tomorrow at the bright and early hour of 11:00 a.m. eastern. >> oh, my gosh. >> 11:00 a.m. i would have thought they might have gone home for a few hours, had a shower, and come back to work. with just 13 hours until the deadline they will reconvene. the house is waiting on the senate. so nothing is getting done there. if you bet this would come down to the wire, you were right. >> gosh, they have to get up before the crack of noon. i can't believe it. >> i know. >> of course, not everyone on capitol hill will have an early bedtime. republican senate leader mitch mcconnell already working with vice president joe biden on a deal, ali. talks between the two parties could continue late into the night, i guess, but with each minute that passes, our chances of avoiding this fiscal cliff, well, they become slimmer and slimmer and slimmer. >> except they better get something done. if they don't get something done, just about eve
CNN
Dec 29, 2012 9:00am PST
to the fiscal cliff -- the stakes are high and the time is short. and so far there has been no deal reached between the lawmakers and president obama to try to avoid going over the fiscal cliff that comes on new year's day. but after a meeting at the white house, the president said he is hopeful. >> i just had a good and constructive discussion at the white house with senate and house leadership about how to prevent this tax hike on the middle class. and i'm optimistic we may still be able to reach an agreement that can pass both houses in time. senators reid and mcconnell are working on such an agreement as we speak. >> cnn's chief business correspondent ali velshi joins us from new york with some very good insight. senate majority leader harry reid has said if they don't reach something by monday he'll bring forward a bill to help out the middle class for an up-and-down vote. >> right. >> put everybody on the record, but especially republicans. isn't that the tactic? >> exactly right. the step before that is harry reid is working on some bill that might get bipartisan support in the senat
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Dec 24, 2012 2:00am PST
, thank you. >>> here in washington, hope is fading for a deal before the country reaches the fiscal cliff just eight days from now and we are counting really by the hour at this point until we go over the edge. congress and the president are not here. they have stopped trying for now. home from the holidays and not that optimistic about a christmas miracle. listen to retiring senator joe liberman on "state of the union." >> i feel it's more likely we will go over the cliff than not, and that -- if we allow that to happen, it will be the most colossal consequential act of congressional irresponsibility in a long time. maybe ever, in american history. >> are white house correspondent prix anna kebrianna keilar is traveling with the president and joins us from hawaii. >> they can still talk, right? true. but the people who matter are not. perhaps the lines of xhoukz are open between the white house and senate democrats. but the white house at this point is not in discussion with not only speaker john boehner but the senate minority leader, mitch mcconnell and perhaps because of that, you hav
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Dec 29, 2012 4:00pm PST
. lawmakers on capitol hill are trying to put the brakes on before we with fly over the fiscal cliff. democrats and republicans are working towards a compromise, on friday, president obama said he was optimistic, but still no deal and the deadline is three days away. >>> george h. w. bush, out of intensive care and in a regular room at a houston hospital. the 88-year-old has been in the hospital for more than a month, he was admitted for bronchitis and has been battling a fever lately. mr. bush is said to be in good spirits singing with doctors and nurses. he got a phone call from the oakridge boys who sang "amazing grace." >>> in syria, an alarming number of people died outside the city of homs, syrian forces won a battle for control there and people were executed. in all, across the country, more than 380 people were killed today in fighting, bombings and air strikes. >>> a russian airliner slid off of a run way and smashed into a highway outside of moscow today, 4 of the 8 crew members were killed as the plane splintered into three pieces no passengers on board and no one on the h
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Dec 26, 2012 1:00pm PST
we will get an 11th hour agreement that avoids the fiscal cliff, but it will be a fairly minimal agreement. nothing like a big comprehensive deal. especially the republicans are having difficulty making the compromises you need to move forward in what is a very closely divided society. what is the alternative? you have a republican house but a democratic president who will be there for four years and a reasonable prospect if hillary clinton runs in 2016, a democrat will hold the white house then. what are we waiting for. in 1997 even, when a democratic president was reelected along with a republican congress, they said none of us are going away, we have to make a deal. that's not really happening yet. >> so tglass is half full for you? >> i think it can still happen, but i felt for a long time there are only two choices. either we go over the cliff and clean it up after, or john boehner has to be a babandon th that they will only bring a bill to the floor if it's supported. i don't think there is a bill that a majority of house republicans will vote for that president obama could
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Dec 26, 2012 11:00am PST
, just five days ahead of the fiscal cliff, which includes an across the board tax hike that congress has tried but failed to undo. cnn's dana bash is with us from washington, our senior congressional correspondent. we spoke last hour. you told us that hour speaker john boehner was to convene this conference call to decide whether or not to call the house back into session. we know the senate is supposed to convene, but nothing can, of course, take place until the house is in session as well. do we know the results of that conference call? will boehner reconvene the house? >> reporter: i'm told by a source familiar with the call, which just happened within last hour, as you said, that no decision was made on the schedule or timing for the house. as we talked about an hour ago, the leaders in the house have promised the members that they won't be called back without 48 hours notice. so at this point it is wednesday afternoon, they won't even be back, the earliest, until a saturday, if they haven't made a decision today. but, of course, it is true, basic civics tells us all this, that nothi
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Dec 28, 2012 11:00am PST
-called fiscal cliff. so a very big moment in the nation's capital. and to walk us through what might happen we turn to jessica yellin, a chief white house correspondent. jessica, we said up front, it is a long shot, give us a best case scenario. >> reporter: the best case scenario would be that all the leaders walk out of this meeting and say they have a deal. the two senators say they can bring it to a vote, and none of their members will filibuster it. house speaker john boehner says he will bring it to the house floor for a vote before new year's eve and house minority leader nancy pelosi says she can wrangle all the democratic votes it needs to pass because you would expect a lot of house republicans to vote no, so you need almost all the house democrats to vote yes. if that sounds almost too good to be true, it probably is. >> and then they sing kumbaya. never, ever going to happen. and if it does -- >> reporter: they braid each other's hair. >> you got it. we're more likely to see that. so tell us about the role in this meeting of senator mitch mcconnell. why is he a key role to this? >>
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Dec 27, 2012 6:00am PST
for business, investors worried about the impending fiscal cliff have other issues to consider. the weekly jobless rate is in and it's at its lowest level in four and a half years. economic reports on housing markets, consumer confidence and manufacturing also due out this morning. >>> some advice for air travelers, check your flight status before you leave home today. winter storm now pounding the northeast has forced the cancellation of more than 360 flights today, that's in addition to the more than 1,700 cancellations yesterday. >>> unbelievable video out of shanghai, china, where a 33-ton aquarium full of sharks exploded, sending sharks flying everywhere and terrified shoppers running for their lives. 16 people suffered cuts and bruises. no one was seriously hurt. three lemon sharks were killed in the incident, though. >>> just five days left until the united states crosses over the so-called fiscal cliff, and just in case washington doesn't make a deal, we're going to get you ready. every day this week we're looking at how it will affect you and your pocketbook. today we're focusing
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Dec 27, 2012 11:00am PST
to the fiscal cliff. we'll be talking a lot about that today, including the health of former president george h.w. bush. >> candy crowley, we'll see you at the top of the hour. appreciate it. it's the end of one of the most popular comic books of all time. the amazing spider man has hit the shelves but some p controversial events have caused the comic to be in a frenzy. [ male announcer ] it's that time of year again. time for citi price rewind. because your daughter really wants that pink castle thing. and you really don't want to pay more than you have to. only citi price rewind automatically searches for the lowest price. and if it finds one, you get refunded the difference. just use your citi card and register your purchase online. have a super sparkly day! ok. [ male announcer ] now all you need is a magic carriage. citi price rewind. start saving at citi.com/pricerewind. >>> this is some of the most incredible video that we've seen in a long time. all right? if you're not looking at the video, this is new surveillance video out of china. it's the moment that an enormous shark tank just ex
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Dec 28, 2012 4:00am PST
see movement before then. >> now would be a very good time to assess the impact of the fiscal cliff on your 401(k). despite the fact that leaders are meeting this afternoon. the dow, nasdaq, and s & p futures all pointing lower this hour. investigators have no stomach for this high-stakes game of chicken played on capitol hill. look at yesterday's chart for the dow. the index taking a big dive at the open with investors finding little hope for a fiscal cliff come on misz. when word came out that the two sides were meeting, the dow rebounded to positive territory. expect another day like that today. we'll talk with debbie stabenow. >>> he was the most popular american general since world war ii. tributes from around the world are pouring in for stormin norman schwarzkopf. he crushed the iraqi military in the 1999 gulf war and liberated kuwait. he may have been the perfect front man for a war that played out live in your living room. barbara starr live with more. barb rar? >> president obama remembers general is schwarzkopf as an american original. he accomplished something on the bat
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